Welcome to Planet Birth

Center for Birth Empowerment, Alternative Healing & Wellness

Help and tips for pregnancy and new moms

Your first trimester

1. Arrange your fixt appointment with your midwife.
    Midwives are paid through Alberta Health Care, but it is important that you arrange it early.
 
2. Take a daily folic acid Supplement
    Folic Acid is an essential nutrient that protects your baby against brain and spinal cord problems.

3. Check before taking medicine
    They maybe harmful to your baby

4. If you smoke, quit.
    Apart from the dangers to yourself, you are more at risk of miscarriage or birth defects.

5. Cut out alcohol
    Alcohol can harm your baby.

6. Cut down on caffeine
    Limit yourself to 200 mg a day, that is one cup of brewed coffee.

7. Avoid green tea
    Green tea is very detoxing and can flush out access of toxins harming the baby.

8. What to eat and what not to eat
     Follow your intuition on healthy nutrition and what your baby needs. This can change from baby to baby.

9. Get relief from pregnancy sickness
    Work out which foods suit you and which ones to avoid. Listen to your intuition what eases your nausea. This can be crackers, 
     popsicles, sparkling water or apples. 

10. Listen to the signs
     Light cramps can be normal, as your uterus changes. But if you have bleeding, seek medical attention (fresh, red blood is
     concerning). Your GP, midwife or hospital's early pregnancy unit (EPU) can help you.

11. Get as much rest as you can.
     It's normal to feel tired, weak or exhausted as your body is getting used to all the changes and hormonal adjustments.

12. Get ready to see your baby.
      Your first ultrasound treatment is normally around 12 - 14 weeks.

13. Decide when and how to announce your pregnancy.
      In the second trimester you will not be able to hide your tummy much longer, so think about how you want to share it.

14. Do gentle exercises.
      Start with gentle and regular exercises. That also helps to control your weight gain during your pregnancy.

15. Do chores safely
      Be cautious when doing house work and using chemicals.

16. Start doing pelvic floor exercises.
     Especially if you are not very sportive in general. Your midwife can help you with that. It also helps to prevent urine leaks.

17. Book your pre-natal classes
      Some HypnoBirthing┬« and other birth preparation classes book up early. So ensure your spot.

18. Get your partner involved.
      Some of the early signs of pregnancy remind you daily, but get your partner involved too.

19. Buy a maternity bra.
      Your breasts are changing. Treat them with the best support possible.

20. Have sex if you are in the mood.
      It's absolutely safe!

21. Have a massage or facial
      It helps you to relax and relieve tension.

22. Budget for your baby
      Think about how you handle the costs of having a baby. See if you can find some pre-owned items.

23. Follow your baby's development.
      Find out online how your baby is developing. Maybe download an app to your phone. Talk to your midwife about the changes.

24. Write a dream journal
       Dreams can be really vivid and extraordinary during pregnancy (due to the massive hormonal changes). Some can be extremely 
       spiritual or messages from your baby. By writing them down you will later be able to distinguish between the "real messages or 
       premonitions" or just dreams.

25. Bond with your bump
      Your baby can physically hear you from week 20 onwards (so the medical society says) but is energetically connected with you way
       earlier than that. Come to our "Bond with your Bump" classes at the center and see all the wonderful ways of
     "experiencing" your baby energetically, spiritually, emotionally and physically.

26. Join our Baby Birth Club or Mommy Community Cafe
      In our bi-weekly groups you will find a lot of help, tricks and support during your pregnancy and as new mother.


Your second trimester

1. Find out about your second trimester appointments.

   Your midwife or GP will inform you which appointments are necessary and which ones are optional.


2. Decide if you want to find out the sex of the baby.

    Boy, girl or big surprise. You decide....


3. Avoid unnecessary and excessive ultrasound appointments.

    Even though they are considered save, from an energetic point of view most babies don't like them. It creates a "loud" sound within

    their amniotic sac making them feel like a jet just started beside them. It also creates a lot of energy which will be amplified by the 

    fluid and feel like "heat" to them, making them really uncomfortable. If you have an ultrasound treatment make sure to "clear" your

    baby of this excessive energy energetically!


4. Choose a birth mate

    It is extremely important to have a birth mate that you fully trust that will help you through the classes, preparation and birthing

    process. 


5. Keep track of your weight gain.

    It is perfectly normal to gain weight during pregnancy. 


6. Continue to exercise.

    Find exercises that are right for you and keep you flexible. It will help you during the birthing process.


7. Drink plenty of water.

    It is essential to stay hydrated. Especially because a lot of the water you consume will be used to build and renew the amniotic fluid.

    It also helps to carry essential nutrients to your baby.


8. Go on a last-minute holiday.

    Treat yourself to one last holiday. 


9. Narrow down your baby name choices.

     Make a list of 5-10 names that you like and have your partner to the same. Swap lists and each cross out one that you don't love. Keep

     taking turns until you have a name that you both like. Make sure to keep in mind that babies grow up and some names don't sound

     that cute on a 16 or 36 year old one anymore.


10. Start shopping for maternity clothes.

      If you have not done so already this is the time to pick some comfortable but also fashionable clothes for yourself. Keep your budget 

      in mind, but also, that you want to feel pretty and sexy while you are proudly having your bump. Most clothes can easily be sold

      online later on.


11. Start your child care search.

      Depending on how long you can take off from work start looking for child care, a nanny or a babysitter for your angel. Even though

      it still seems like a long way, waiting lists are sometimes long and the "perfect" person sometimes a challenge to find.


12. Prepare your toddler for a new sibling

      Start talking about the new baby and if you have decided on a name use the name as often as possible. Kids are very intuitive, no 

      matter how young they are. They know that something will change. Also tell your toddler often that he/ she is very important and

      plays a big part in the new family as well. This helps to avoid jealousy and envy.


13. Avoid dentist appointments.

       All invasive treatments, even if it is very little have a big effect on your baby. However make sure to take good care of your teeth

       and brush them often during your pregnancy. Use alkaline supplements or gurgle with salt water to make your mouth alkaline. 

      This will help to prevent bleeding of gums or plaque build up.


14. Celebrate your halfway point.

      Pregnancy is such an amazing and wonderful time and often we don't take enough time to celebrate this wonderful time. At 20

      weeks you are just starting to enjoy your bump, enjoy the time as often it is over too soon. Treat yourself to a wellness

     treatment or come to the center to celebrate your halfway point with one of our beautiful mommy ceremonies.


15. Start sleeping on your side.

      As your bump grows it's recommended for you to sleep on your side. Maybe get a side sleeper pillow or wedge from our

     store to help you get really comfortable.


16. Share your dream journal with your partner

      Now that your sleep patterns are probably changing (as your body "practices" to get up at night) and your sleep may be a little more

      "interrupted" you maybe experience a change in dreams again. See if your partner maybe has any of these experiences too.


17. Pick a save place for your baby to sleep

      We recommend co-sleeping at least for the first couple of months. This helps EXTREMELY with bonding with your baby, not just

       for you, but also for your partner. We have beautiful co-sleeping pillows for babies 0 - 6 months in our store that ensure

       that your little angel is save at all times.


18. Ask friends and family for unwanted baby items

      There is always a friend that doesn't need their baby clothes, cribs or strollers anymore. Don't be shy to ask and help out, once you

      don't need them anymore. Come to our store and help yourself at our "Baby Clothes Donation Box" if you can't

    afford clothes for your little angel.


19. Plan your maternity leave.

      Find out how long your maternity leave is and speak to your employer early if you want a few additional weeks off. Ask your 

      partner to do the same, maybe you can get more than you think. Make your employer understand how important bonding time at 

      the beginning is and how much you are willing to do for getting it. Maybe you can even bring your baby to work! (some employers

      get really flexible with that within the first 6 months - and then you can take your maternity leave after that. This gives you more 

      time together with your angel.).


20. Dress according to "your" temperature.

      No matter what the thermometer says. Some days you might feel very hot, some days you are freezing. Go with the flow and take 

      each day as it comes. 


21. Avoid unsafe sports.

       Stay away from sports like horseback riding, skiing, ice skating, gymnastics and waterskiing. Also ball sports like soccer, tennis or

      squash are risky as you can get hit in the tummy. Swimming however is wonderful and very relaxing for you as well as the baby (as

      your buoyancy releases endorphins which the baby will also enjoy). Maybe see if you can get into  a Pre-natal Yoga class which is

      great for stretching as well as relaxation.


22. Spend time with your partner

      In the time where everything is about your baby it is very important to also spend some time with your partner and "feed" your

      relationship. Come to our Soulmate Seminar to find out how you can bring yourself and your partner closer together

     in this time of change.


23. Follow your baby's development

      Find out online how your baby is developing. Maybe download an app to your phone. Talk to your midwife about the changes.


24. Massage your bump

       Apply oils to your tummy at least once a day to allow the skin to stretch easily and avoid any stretch mark trophies. Come to our
     store, we have specifically mixed oils to nourish your skin as well as energetically charged them with positive
     energies.

25. Bond with your bump
      Your baby can physically hear you from week 20 onwards (so the medical society says) but is energetically connected with you way
       earlier than that. Come to our "Bond with your Bump" classes at the center and see all the wonderful ways of
     "experiencing" your baby energetically, spiritually, emotionally and physically.

26. Join our Baby Birth Club or Mommy Community Cafe
      In our bi-weekly groups you will find a lot of help, tricks and support during your pregnancy and as new mother.


Your third trimester

1. Be aware of your baby's movement. 

    Your baby is growing and within the third trimester movements will probably change (one more time). Each baby's movement are 

    unique but also beautiful reminders that he/ she is still there. Monitor the waking/ sleeping cycles of your baby and inform your 

    midwife or doctor of any changes.


2. Find out about your second trimester appointments.

   Your midwife or GP will inform you which appointments are necessary and which ones are optional.


3. Avoid unnecessary and excessive ultrasound appointments.

    Even though they are considered save, from an energetic point of view most babies don't like them. It creates a "loud" sound within

    their amniotic sac making them feel like a jet just started beside them. It also creates a lot of energy which will be amplified by the 

    fluid and feel like "heat" to them, making them really uncomfortable. If you have an ultrasound treatment make sure to "clear" your

    baby of this excessive energy energetically!


4. There are some symptoms not to ignore

     Pre-eclampsia is a condition that can happen when the placenta is not working properly. It can happen from week 20 onwards on,

     signs include high-blood pressure and protein in your urine, severe headaches and blurry vision. Check with your midwife or GP.


5. Eat well

    Start taking in iron-rich foods or take a supplement. 


6. Do some stretches

    Now is a good time to prepare for some birthing stretches or visit a pre-natal Yoga class. 


7. Put your baby items together

    This is a perfect job for your partner or birth mate. Setting cots or swings up when you are a new parents can be challenging. Better

    to have everything ready. Plus it increase the joy and releases endorphins.


8. Talk to your baby

     Get used to telling your baby about your day and what you are planning. Kids and babies are very intuitive and can understand

      EVERYTHING. Start including them right away.


9. Learn about the stages of birthing

     If you have not done so, sign up for our HypnoBirthing┬« class. We will discuss the different stages of labour and

    what to expect. We will also train you to give you the most spiritual experience possible.


10. Create a birth plan

      Write down what you want and what you DON'T want happening during your birth (especially when you birth in a hospital). This

       can help you and your birth mate making decisions during the birth.


11. Get to know your surges

      Some women experience "practice surges" also called Braxton Hicks. This is your uterus preparing and practicing for birth. 

      Support those waves through special breathing techniques. Sign up for one of our breathing meditation classes, we show

     you how.


12. Get the essentials for your baby

      Now is the time to buy clothes, diapers, pacifiers and more. Wash clothes with an organic washing powder before you put them on

      your baby. This way, his/ her skin can get used to the "chemicals" on this planet.


13. Pack your birthing bag

      In case you chose a hospital or birthing center for your birth pack your bag. Check with them, what you can bring. Bring some 

      personal items that make you feel at home, like candles, pictures, teddies or a CD player with your favourite relaxation CD.


14. Get some sleep

      Enjoy the time where you can still have some quality sleep. :-) Maybe get a side sleeper pillow or wedge from our

     store to help you get really comfortable.


15. Stock up on household supplies

      Make your life easy and stock up on essentials, so shopping with your little one doesn't become a chore.


16. Install a car seat

      Choosing the right car seat is very important. Also make sure it's installed safely. This is a great job for your partner.


17. Be creative with sex

      It's ok to have sex all the way till your water releases or you start your surges. You might wanna try new ways and positions to stay

      comfortable though.


18. Call in the helpers

      Don't worry about asking friends and family to help you with certain things and daily chores. They love to help you.


19. Check our your place of birthing

      If you are not having a home birth go and visit the place you chose for your birth. Ask for a detailed tour and see what it has to 

      offer. Discuss your birthing plan with the staff to make sure they can accommodate your wishes.


20. Back ache?

       Is your bump giving you a back ache? Come to our center and treat yourself for a Mummy-2-Be-Massage. Also avoid

       lifting heavy things and doing chores that are uncomfortable due to long periods of standing (like ironing).


21. Prepare for your birth

      Make sure you and your partner have all the phone numbers (of your midwife, GP or birthing center) handy. Arrange a nanny for

      your kids or pets. Have your bag packed. That will make sure you can focus on yourself and your birth when the time comes.


22. Read up

       If you haven't done so already, now is the time to read up on newborn care. Sign up for our Mommy Community Cafe. It will help

       you once your angel arrived, where we discuss all different kinds of subjects of newborn care. 


23. Prepare for breastfeeding

      Breastfeeding is one the MOST important gifts you can give to yourself and your baby. For further details pls. go to our page 

      Benefits of Breastfeeding.


24. Help to bring on labour naturally

       Most scientists still don't understand how labour starts. Actually it's your baby choosing the perfect time according to the star

       constellations, energies within the family, karma and much more. You can communicate with your baby to find out the exact 

       time he/ she has chosen. You can support this time through meditation, baby communication, sex, walking, acupuncture and

       Evening Primrose Oil (vaginal insertion).


25. Follow your baby's development

      Find out online how your baby is developing. Maybe download an app to your phone. Talk to your midwife about the changes.


26. Massage your bump

       Apply oils to your tummy at least once a day to allow the skin to stretch easily and avoid any stretch mark trophies. Come to our
     store, we have specifically mixed oils to nourish your skin as well as energetically charged them with positive
     energies.

27. Bond with your bump
      Your baby can physically hear you from week 20 onwards (so the medical society says) but is energetically connected with you way
       earlier than that. Come to our "Bond with your Bump" classes at the center and see all the wonderful ways of
     "experiencing" your baby energetically, spiritually, emotionally and physically.

28. Join our Baby Birth Club or Mommy Community Cafe
      In our bi-weekly groups you will find a lot of help, tricks and support during your pregnancy and as new mother.